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Fines for illegal wood disposal in Kent

Woodside house may 2014

A director of a Kent-based waste management business and a landowner have been fined for the illegal disposal of waste wood.

Ky Campion was fined £2,150 with £750 costs after admitting depositing waste wood without an environmental permit at Woodside House, Canterbury.

Campion is a director of East Kent Recycling but pleaded guilty in a personal capacity.

Landowner Luke Lockhart pleaded guilty to causing or permitting the operation of a regulated facility without an environmental permit and was fined £2,670 with £750 costs.

Folkestone Magistrates’ Court was told that the Environment Agency (EA) had received complaints of burning waste at the site in March and April 2013.

In December 2013, the EA sent advice and guidance letters to Lockhart after witnessing an East Kent Recycling vehicle depositing its contents on to a burning fire at Woodside House, a non-permitted site.

Reports of burning continued and, in April and May 2014, EA officers observed more waste being deposited there by an East Kent Recycling vehicle.

EA environment manager Alan Cansdale said Campion and Lockhart’s actions showed a “blatant disregard” for the environment.

“In cases like this, we have no hesitation in prosecuting those involved. We want to ensure that the right waste gets to the right place.”

  • Article updated on 9 November after EA edited quote

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